As reported by Spanish outlet Don Balon, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is at the centre of Barcelona’s summer plans to wheel and deal in the upcoming transfer window.
Bellerin has had an inconsistent season at the Emirates but remains a popular figure amongst supporters and offers lots of quality on their right flank. However that contribution could soon be coming to an end.
That’s what Don Balon say anyway, believing that Barcelona are ready to make the Spaniard a key part of their summer recruitment drive.
In order to negotiate a high asking price from Arsenal, they’re even willing to throw a current first teamer into the deal, believing that offering Arda Turan could help seal the deal and bring the right-back to the Nou Camp.
Is that a deal worth pursuing for the Gunners?
There’s no doubt that Arda Turan is a quality player but attacking prowess is the least of Arsenal’s concerns this season, netting over 60 goals in the Premier League so far. At 30 years old, he also doesn’t offer much long-term upside.
Bellerin is still just 22 years old and improving all the time. Arsenal have managed his development expertly since signing from Barcelona’s youth sides and it’d be a shame for supporters to see that hard work go to waste by losing him to his hometown side.
If Bellerin really wants his move to Barca then of course the Gunners have to maximise his value but we reckon that should involve purely a cash deal that they can put to better use in the transfer market than bringing the Turkish attacking midfielder to the Emirates.